Hexagon and ETQ connect quality solutions to help manufacturers bring superior products to market faster and protect brand reputation
New partnership will embed quality assurance at every stage of the product lifecycle, enabling agile product introduction
Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division, a global leader in sensor, software, and autonomous technologies, and ETQ, a leading quality management system (QMS) provider, have announced a partnership to assure quality from concept to customer, enabling improved data-driven decision making throughout the entire process, producing better, more consistent products in less time and with less resource and enabling progressive smart manufacturing strategies.
The partnership connects Hexagon’s vendor-agnostic inspection and measurement solutions with ETQ’s stakeholder-connecting QMS to produce a rich digital thread that automatically captures quality control and assurance processes that are currently performed manually. By applying machine learning and artificial intelligence throughout design, production, customer service and support the cloud platform also helps users to rapidly identify and analyse issues by producing actionable insights.
Rob Gremley, CEO of ETQ, said: “Manufacturers in a range of industries – automotive, life sciences, heavy manufacturing and beyond – will derive immediate value from the integrated data thanks to higher product quality and fewer defects, scrap, rework or recalls. As the Smart Manufacturing environment evolves, this level of data-driven automation and integration will deliver the ability to maximize the quality and efficiency of the complete manufacturing lifecycle and create the foundation for autonomous manufacturing and true digital transformation.”
Paolo Guglielmini, President of Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division, said: “Consumers perceive quality based on their experience. It is the manufacturer’s brand reputation, it can add significant value to a product, and it combines every aspect of the product lifecycle. Our customers trust our solutions to connect the shop floor to the top floor with pervasive quality assurance, and this new addition to our ecosystem will further support their journey towards Industry 4.0.”
An example of how the partnership will benefit customers today is in resolving a nonconformance incident, leveraging inspection and measurement data collected and managed by Hexagon’s Q-DAS and eMMA software solutions with full traceability and best in class Statistical Quality Control (SQC) and Analytics, and integrated with ETQ Reliance’s QMS.
Hexagon’s existing quality control solutions can identify a nonconformance from, for example, the Production Part Approval Process, Failure Modes and Effects Analysis, or customer feedback, at which point the digital connection between that manufacturing solution and the ETQ QMS will autonomously generate a nonconformance report (NCR) without human intervention.
Typically, the action to halt or modify production of the faulty product is handled manually or with limited technological help, but with a combined Hexagon-ETQ generated NCR solution, a corrective action can be automatically triggered in production and the information simultaneously updated in the company’s enterprise resource planning system to put a the affected product batch on hold. This prevents the release and potential negative consequences of defects, efficiently digitizing the quality management process and providing an unprecedented degree of integration across the manufacturing lifecycle so that supports smart manufacturing strategies and aspirations.